2012 is a science fiction film, directed by Roland Emmerich and released in 2009. The film stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and Woody Harrelson. It was distributed by Columbia Pictures.
The film received mixed to negative reviews but topped the international box office in its first weekend with $225 million. It ultimately grossed over $750 million worldwide becoming Roland Emmerich’s second highest grossing film.
“The film briefly references Mayanism, the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, and the 2012 phenomenon in its portrayal of cataclysmic events unfolding in the year 2012. Because of solar flare bombardment the Earth’s core begins heating up at an unprecedented rate, eventually causing crustal displacement. This results in an onslaught of Doomsday event scenarios plunging the world into chaos. Ranging from Los Angeles falling into the Pacific Ocean, the eruption of the Yellowstone National Park caldera, cataclysmic earthquakes wreaking havoc around the globe, and Megatsunamis surging across the Earth. The film centers around an ensemble cast of characters as they narrowly escape multiple catastrophes in an effort to reach ships in the Himalayas, along with scientists and governments of the world who are attempting to save as many lives as they can before the disasters ensue.”
But that is really unimportant. I want to discuss here something else than the plot of the movie.
- I don`t believe that the end of the world is going to happen in 2012; I myself “missed” the end of the world for a couple of times since I`ve been born. Once in 2-3 years, this theme is refreshed by some “shocking revelation”.
- Do you realize that if it is going to happen, all the crazy beggars with those signs saying “The end is near! Repent!” and stuff like that, will have been right? So ironic!
- What do you think about the character of the president of the United States, President Thomas Wilson. Isn`t it interesting that he refused to leave?
- After a cataclysm like that, do you think that new society of the survivors would be a better one? Why? In my opinion, no. Think about this: who was rescued? – Most of the people who survived were just important political men and other rich men.
- Why do you think this film is so popular? Despite all the visual effects and continuous tensed atmosphere, this film isn`t special at all. First of all, it is very, very predictable. Anyone realizes from the first minutes that Jackson Curtis`s family was going to survive and live happily ever after. Unfortunately, the film summons a lot of stereotypes.
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